Delicious Dal

Vegan MoFo #30 I’m very sad to be posting my last entry for the Vegan Month of Food. It’s been such an awesome experience, and I’m so happy to have connected with so many great vegan food bloggers from all over the world. It will take me the next 11 months to make all the yummy goodies I’ve bookmarked from you all! I look forward to keeping in touch throughout the year, and doing it all again next year – same bat-time, same bat-channel! :)

Delicious Pakistani Dal - Vegan and Gluten-Free

I was cleaning-out my kitchen cupboard yesterday (tiny, tiny ex-pat kitchen, which I will feature in a future post), and came across a big bag of red lentils. I decided to finally make this Delicious Pakistani Dhal – a recipe that I had bookmarked years ago. Then today, Jennifer left me a comment about my Cauliflower Risotto, and when I clicked on her link, her latest post was for a Red Lentil Dahl. Then shortly after that, I came across Drew @vegananimal‘s latest VeganMoFo post for Split Red Lentil Dhal. Add the fact that today is a cold and rainy day in Sydney, and it seemed obvious that the world was sending me a message: Darling, make some warm, delicious Dal!

(By the way, according to Wikipedia, Dal is also spelled Dahl or Daal, or Dhal. I have chosen to spell it as “Dal” to keep things simple!)

Delicious Pakistani Dal - Vegan and Gluten-Free

The VegWeb recipe seemed a little bit light on spices, but I didn’t have everything on hand to make the other 2 recipes. So, I decided to use all three recipes as inspiration and go at it that way instead. Ever since I attended a vegan Indian cooking workshop back in August, I’m feeling more confident with spices – not to mention the fact that the spice pack that I received includes everything that I need.

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Instead of serving this with rice, I decided to fry-up a couple papadums instead. I know it’s probably not the traditional way to serve Dal, but I’m a Canadian cooking Pakistani Dal in Australia, so why not mess with tradition a little?

Delicious Pakistani Dal - Vegan and Gluten-Free


June 5, 2013 – I made this again today and decided to shoot some new photos and add them to this post… enjoy!

Delicious Vegan Dal
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This easy curry is not only vegan and gluten-free, but also jam-packed with protein from all those lovely lentils. It may not look pretty, but it's a staple quick and healthy meal that should be part of any healthy diet!
Recipe type: Main, Curry
Cuisine: Pakistani, Indian
Serves: 3-4
  • 1 cup dry red lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tsp crushed chillies (or more depending on the spice you want)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger root, peeled & chopped
  • ½ (14 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
  • salt + pepper
  • fresh coriander (cilantro) for garnish
  1. Heat water in a pot until boiling. Add lentils and boil for 1 minute. Add bay leaves, curry powder, crushed chillies, and reduce heat to simmer.
  2. While lentils are simmering, heat oil on medium-high heat add in the cumin seeds. Saute for 30 seconds or so until the seeds start popping. Add the remaining spices: cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and turmeric. Stir constantly and allow to fry for another 30 seconds, ensuring that the spices don’t burn or stick.
  3. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and cook until soft.
  4. Add the tomatoes, and saute for another 3 minutes, reduce to simmer.
  5. Once the lentils have absorbed all the water, add them to the spice mixture, and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Season with salt + pepper, to taste.
  6. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve as-is, over basmati rice, or with papadums or flat bread.

Delicious Pakistani Dal - Vegan and Gluten-Free

Delicious Dal – I realized it looked like Mickey Mouse after I shot it!

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  1. daina says:

    The microwave’able papadums are really good too… even if just for the fun of watching it bubble up infront of your eyes :)

    • vegangela says:

      Hi Daina – I’ve never even heard of those? Must look for them next time… thanks!!

  2. That looks really lovely :) and thank you for the mention. You can get rice flour papadums that puff up to twice the size and they are unbelievable !!

    • vegangela says:

      Thank YOU for the inspiration! Your spice combo was perfect! I will definitely look for those papadums! Thanks for the tip & comment! :)

  3. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been trying to incorporate more lentils into my diet and this looks very delicious! Looking forward to trying it! :)

    • vegangela says:

      Thanks for your comment – let me know how you like it! :)

  4. daina says:

    I printed off this recipe at work yesterday (bunch of young guys) and despite their first initial comments about what the food “looked like”… after reading the ingredients, they all wanted a recipe… and they are all meat eaters, so the good news vegan story is spreading :)

    • vegangela says:

      Haha, yes, it certainly doesn’t look very appealing, but it’s pretty yummy! :)

  5. Brian says:

    having just made indian this week, indian food has been on my mind and this looks particularly yummy. i would like to be make some more, and this looks awesome :)

    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Brian – let me know if you make it! ;)

  6. Debbie says:

    Just made this tonight w/ a side of curry roasted cauliflower. It’s absolutely delicious!!! And so easy, too. Thx for the recipe!

    • vegangela says:

      Hi Debbie – thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I’m so glad that you liked this recipe. It would be awesome with curry roasted cauliflower! :)

  7. Kate Hacking says:

    Finally a vegan with the right idea!!! Fresh easy to make food that doesnt skimp on taste! Most vegan sites ram opinions down your throat and put you off visiting again!! This is just what I have been looking for as a girl who hasnt ate meat for 21 years and have a vegan diet and lifestyle.

    Thank you I cant wait to try lots of these recipes!

    • vegangela says:

      Hi Kate – Thanks so much for your kind words, that means a lot! I just try to share the food that I love – fresh and simple recipes that taste great. Keep in touch and let me know what you try! :)

  8. Joshua says:

    Just made this- tasted great! Thanks for sharing. Very happy to discover your blog.

    • vegangela says:

      Glad to hear it! Thanks for letting me know :)

  9. Carol says:

    My husband made this for me tonight and I couldn’t believe how tasty it was. I’ve tried making dal before and it never turned out as good.

    • vegangela says:

      Awesome, so glad you liked it!

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